By: Jon Van Pelt
Yordano Ventura took the hill against the Detroit Tigers tonight looking for his first win of the year. While Ventura has pitched well in all three starts, and the team has won in all of his starts, they have yet to give the young righty a win. The Royals had the offensive explosion tonight that many thought was lacking over the last few games, as they scored 8 runs in the opener of a three game series at home against Detroit.
Tonight was also the first night for Jarrod Dyson having missed the first two weeks of the season due to injury, and he did not waste much time getting back into things as he was instrumental in beginning the scoring for the night, driving in the first run and later scoring in the same inning. Kendrys Morales also had a good night tonight reaching base all four times and scoring three times. Yordano Ventura had another stellar start going five innings and giving up just two runs.
The story many are still talking about is Joakim Soria. Soria got himself into a little trouble in the eighth after striking out Anthony Gose, he gave up back-to-back singles and a walk, and was removed thereafter. One thing I thought most important to point out, was that the damage would have been avoided totally had the defense been playing at double play depth. With a runner on first and one out instead of being at double play depth the shortstop Alcides Escobar was shifted slightly more toward third base creating a large gap right up the middle which was right where the ball was hit. Now, no one is to blame for this set up, they took a gamble that the batter Kinsler, a righty, would be more likely to pull the ball. The shift didn’t work well and that led a longer inning by Soria. Soria did fight his control a little which was why he was yanked after the next batter walked, but it is important to note for Royals fans, that he did have a good start to the inning as he has done so in most of his outings, he just couldn’t deliver tonight. That being said the Royals still went on the win the game by a score of 8-6 and remain atop the AL central by a half a game. Game two should be a fantastic pitching dual as Jordan Zimmerman and Ian Kennedy go at it on the mound for the two teams. Both pitchers are 2-0 with era’s below 1.